March 16, 2015
At first glance this week seemed to be sorely lacking in good shows. However, with a little digging, we uncovered some gems for the most discerning of Emerald City music fans. We’re pleased to recommend some pretty intimate shows this week as well, with the largest venue being the Showbox SoDo, so you can get up close and personal with some great artists this week.
And, if it was a competition to see which venue can book the greatest number of recommendable shows for the week, we’d give the trophy to Sunset Tavern, one of our favorite little Ballard venues, as its calendar is looking pretty great this week!
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November 24, 2014
Hello readers! Welcome back to our regularly scheduled programming of weekly music recommendations.
As you prepare to give thanks for your mom’s turkey and apple pie later this week, we’re giving thanks that the Emerald City can boast such amazing venues and artists. See below for a quick glance at the best live shows this week.
11/26 (Wednesday) Bryan John Appleby, Shenandoah Davis, James Wallace @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center
This month’s installment of music at the Abbey features three talented, bluesy, indie singer-songwriters.
11/28 (Friday) Noah Gundersen, Rocky Votolato @ The Moore
Up-and-coming singer songwriter joins one of Seattle’s tried-and-true songsmiths at one of the loveliest venues in the city.
11/29 (Saturday) Black Whales (album release), The Young Evils, Timbre Barons, @ The Tractor Tavern
The 1960’s-influenced folk garage band Black Whales releases their latest collection of raw, psychedelic pop tunes.
January 5, 2012
We’re not sure what it is, but there’s just something about 2012 and the new year’s ability to deliver can’t miss shows with exceptional local lineups. Don’t get us wrong, 2011 was no slouch but we’ve already had two shows where we wholeheartedly recommend every band on the bill and we’re not even a week in. It seems like we had to go weeks, if not months in 2011 to get to a show where we weren’t lukewarm about, if not dreading some act that would take stage any given night.
The streak continues at Neumos tonight as everyone’s favorite Wilco-esque Seattle group Black Whales headline the night to celebrate the release of their latest video for Elephant #2 (below).
The excellent Koko and the Sweetmeats will take the stage before the Whales and will no doubt get the room primed for even more sweet vocals with psychedelic instrumentation.
Fans of straight-ahead sincere rock are especially encouraged to get their early to see openers Us On Roofs from Bellingham.
Yet again, 2012 and Neumos have teamed up to give Seattle music fans a night not to be missed. Look for us enjoying a Seattle dog or two after the show.
1/5 Black Whales / Koko and the Sweetmeats / Us On Roofs @ Neumos :: Doors at 8 p.m. :: $8
December 3, 2011
Some groups have careers that seem fleeting; an album release or two, and then the band is kaput. But a few great bands have the staying power to someday celebrate a decade of music-making.
One such group will be celebrating their ten year anniversary next year. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, a quartet hailing from Springfield, MO, has stayed relatively under the radar while releasing four studio albums and playing venues across the nation. With an utterly charming blend of indie folk and rock, SSLYBY has captured the hearts of many and we’re so glad they are back in Seattle tonight.
Don’t miss their show tonight at the Tractor Tavern, with Ha Ha Tonka and Black Whales.
12/3 Ha Ha Tonka / Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Black Whales @ Tractor Tavern :: 9:30 PM :: Tickets are $12 :: 21+
January 22, 2011
If music were drinks, tonight we’d be craving something warm, refreshing and fun. The ideal drink to fit our craving would be a hot toddy, and the musical equivalent would be seeing The Young Evils at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard tonight. With duel vocals, gentle guitar work and jangling tambourine, Seattle’s own Young Evils are one of our favorite new bubblegum Americana bands. Another local favorite (who sounds like they were spawned from Jeff Tweedy himself), The Black Whales, will share the stage with the Young Evils tonight, as will newcomers The First Times.
If you’re looking for a feel-good, toe-tapping show to recover from the week past, we’ll see you at the Tractor tonight, drinks in hand.
1/22 at the Tractor Tavern :: The Young Evils, The Black Whales, The First Times :: Doors at 9:00 PM :: $8 available at the door :: 21+